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Wetlands & Wild Lands

Wetlands and wild lands are important to the environmental quality of the country. They provide plant and wildlife habitat, flood control, sediment control, groundwater recharge, clean drinking water, recreational opportunities, educational opportunities, and aesthetics.

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Can You Believe...? Environmental Facts

Do you know how many Pacific salmon were caught in 1992? How about how many trees were planted in the United States in 1930 compared to 1980? Do you also know how many pounds of total toxic air emissions there were in 2001? How about the quantity of toxic chemicals in production-related waste for 1998? The following are some interesting, and sometimes disheartening, facts about our environment.

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Environmental Law Case Summaries

[12/05] Monterey Coastkeeper v. Monterey County Water Resources Agency
Reversing a judgment granting the petition for writ of mandate in the case of a nonprofit organization alleging that the Monterey County Water Resources Agency had violated the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act by failing to report waste discharge with respect to agricultural pollutants in a ditch and drain system because the nonprofit failed to exhaust its administrative remedies.

[12/04] Evans v. US
Affirming the dismissal of a case in which a man complained about the destruction of his shade trees by the government, seeking to contain a beetle infestation, because the act qualified for sovereign immunity under the discretionary function exception.

[12/04] Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Affirming the judgment on an appeal from the post-remand judgment of a case involving highly contested proposed development plans because the Public Resources Code does not prohibit partial decertification of an environmental impact report, nor does it prohibit leaving project approvals in place while decertifying a report..

[12/04] Navajo Nation v. Department of the Interior
Affirming in part and reversing in part the district court's dismissal of a Navajo Nation complaint and motion for relief challenging the Department of the Interior's published guidelines clarifying how it would make shortage and surplus determinations used in relation to decisions to deliver water from the Colorado River to Western states, affirming the dismissal of claims for lack of Article III standing because it wasn't reasonably probable that the guidelines would threaten the Nation's rights, but remanding breach of trust claims because they were not barred by sovereign immunity.

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